Nine foreigners abducted from Ghani oilfield in 2015 killed by ISIS, Derna Shura Council confirms

Nine foreigners abducted from Ghani oilfield in 2015 killed by ISIS, Derna Shura Council confirms

September 19, 2017 - 11:16
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

1 Austrian, 1 Czech, 1 Ghanaian, 2 Bangladeshis, 4 Filipinos

Derna Shura Council Statement

The Security Brigade of Derna Shura Council unveiled Monday that the nine foreigners abducted by ISIS from Al-Ghani oil field in March 2015 had been executed.

Derna Shura Council explained in a statement that its forces found in June 2015 five unidentified foreign bodies during a combing operation in the western part of the city following the defeat of ISIS. The bodies, all handcuffed, were handed over to the Libyan Red Crescent and registered as unidentified at the time.   

But later, the Council managed to identify the five bodies after examining ISIS equipment and laptops seized during the  eight-month-long war against the radical group. One of the laptops was for Czech national Pavel H, a catering coordinator at Al-Ghani oil field. His personal photos found in his laptop were identical to one of the five bodies found during the combing operation.

From this point, the Council linked the five bodies with the nine foreigners who had been reported missing after an ISIS attack on Al-Ghani oil field. The Council started searching for information and photos of the other missing foreigners and discovered that the four other bodies were for foreign workers from Austria and Ghana, in addition to two from Bangladesh who were reported missing after the ISIS attack.

In another ISIS laptop, the Council found the execution video of four Filipino workers who came out to be the other missing oil workers from Al-Ghani oil field. They were all killed by gunshots, but bodies of the Filipinos are still missing.

Derna Shura Council deplored the brutal killing of the nine foreigners and confirmed it’s working to hand over the five bodies to their countries.

The nine foreigners were abducted in an ISIS attack on Al-Ghani oil field on March 6, 2015. They were working for oilfield management company Value Added Oilfield Services (VAOS), an Austrian-owned company with offices in Tripoli and Malta.

ISIS had reportedly beheaded eight Libyan guards before taking the nine foreigners.

The field is located in the northeast of the desert town of Zellah in central Libya, 700km southeast of Tripoli.